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Doug Sweeney: Discipleship Isn’t Sexy, but We Need To Get Back to It

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Dr. Doug Sweeney is dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. In this role, he provides strategic leadership and helps prepare men and women for faithful gospel ministry. Doug is a world-renowned scholar of American theologian Jonathan Edwards and is the author and editor of more than 20 books.

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Key Questions for Doug Sweeney

-Why have you called for revival in the year 2022, as opposed to calling for it 5, 10 or 20 years ago?

-What encouragement or practical advice can you give pastors to help fight biblical illiteracy as a problem in discipleship?

-Have we been in similar cultural situations in the past, and what’s gotten us out of those problematic moments?

-What about the church encourages you?

Key Quotes From Doug Sweeney

“Our churches have taken a beating in the last few years…I think generally speaking, there’s some malaise and there’s a lot of decline taking place in our churches. And I think we need genuine spiritual revitalization these days. We need a special movement from the Lord.”

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“I have a lot of hope for the future of the church. I think we need to do some serious discipleship work and some pretty basic ways in the near term, in the evangelical movement and particularly in North America.”

“Clearly in the history of Christianity, there is such a thing as special seasons of revival and renewal in the church. We serve a God who is ready to respond to prayer and to use his people if they’re faithful and humble and clean vessels, fit for his service to do the work that needs to be done. But there’s a lot of work that needs to be done.”

“I don’t want to give up on the word ‘evangelical,’ let alone the evangelical movement. I think God has used the evangelical movement historically in some very powerful ways to build up his church and bring people to Christ and edify the saints.